Anna and John J. Sie Center Expands Reach with Education Specialist

Generous grant from the Anna and John J. Sie Foundation enables Sie Center to expand dream team with Education Specialist, Alissa Beck.

Alissa Beck

The Anna and John J. Sie Center for Down Syndrome is proud to announce the addition of Alissa Beck as the Center’s new Education Specialist. The Sie Center opened in November 2010 and has treated over 1,000 unique patients with Down syndrome under the age of 26. But, because children with Down syndrome and their families have a significant need for the services of an Educational Specialist, the Anna and John J. Sie Foundation provided a generous grant to expand the Sie Center’s roster.

Beck’s role is to improve educational performance, self-esteem and socialization skills in order to enhance the quality of life of children and young adults with Down syndrome. Prior to joining the Sie Center, Beck was an integral part of the Denver metro area’s Cherry Creek School District. She has dedicated her career to promoting quality education for all students through inclusion, differentiation, support and compassion.

“I am very excited about the relationships I am being able to foster with the families that come to the Sie Center and to support them through their child’s educational journey,” said Beck.

As Educational Specialist, Beck will provide resource support for children with Down syndrome to address their school-related issues. Many schools are not organized to support children with Down syndrome. Beck will serve as a liaison and outreach coordinator for these families’ in their efforts to maximize the student’s academic experience and success.

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